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Saturday 27 April Updated Thursday 19 February

Ten clean sheets and counting

There were landmarks aplenty to celebrate after last Saturday's Barclays Premier League win over Wigan Athletic, not least surpassing the 40 point mark.

Kevin Nolan bagged his 100th career goal and West Ham United proudly took their place in the top ten of the top tier.

But for Jussi Jaaskelainen, there was a tenth shutout of the season to enjoy, a target set before a ball had even been kicked.

While the Finnish stopper has, in fact, made more saves than any other top-flight 'keeper this season, he knows only too well that his achievements owe much to those in front of him.

He told West Ham TV: "It's my job but it's more like a team effort when we get those clean sheets. Before we started the season, we wanted to get around ten clean sheets, because we knew that was going to help us to stay in the league and that's what we've done now.

"We've got four big games coming up and hopefully we can keep around that tenth place, which would be a good finish for us. It is nice [to be able to look upwards], but it's not over yet and we don't want to relax yet."

Jaaskelainen is hopeful that expectation on Manchester City's shoulders could work in the Hammers' favour, much as it did against the champions Manchester United at the Boleyn Ground. After all, the Citizens were unable to breach the West Ham goal when the sides met in November and so Jussi has every reason to be confident.

"Manchester City have been in unbelievable form over the last couple of seasons, especially at home," he added. "It's going to be a tough place to go. It's going to be a similar game as we played against Manchester United, in that we don't really have any pressure on ourselves. We just go there and try to get something out of the game."

An away day of this sort might have inspired dread some weeks ago, but first-class displays at Stoke City, Liverpool and Southampton suggest Sam Allardyce's men are well on their way to curing the travel sickness. And West Ham's No22 insists confidence is sky high after those solid displays on the road.

"I think we've seen [in recent weeks] the way we want to play away from home and how we play to get points, because at the end of the day it's all about performances and points. I think if you look at the season overall, our away form has been a little disappointing but the last few games have given us loads of confidence to go to Manchester City and hopefully do well."

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